Delicious cacao flavored pumpkin spice latte recipe
You know that unbeatable combination of chocolate and pumpkin? Imagine it in a cup, with less calories!
Chocolate pumpkin spice latte has the perfect blend of warm spices and sweet flavors that are sure to get your tastebuds enjoying fall and winter. But while pumpkin spice chocolate milk makes makes you feel really cozy, it tastes as great served as a hot cocoa or as a cold milk chocolate drink.
And because it‘s coffee free, everyone will be able to enjoy these yummy flavors no matter what time of day.
What are you waiting to enjoy this comforting treat that is also easy on the waistline?
How to make a low-carb chocolate pumpkin spice
The secret to give this latte the taste of chocolate while still remaining light on the tummy is to use pure cocoa powder.
This gives an intense flavor and lots of antioxidants with no fat or sugar which makes it taste sweet without feeling heavy.
The pumpkin and the spices merge nicely with the cocoa, giving a perfect deep aroma and natural sweetness while still being light enough.
Swaps to make a chocolate pumpkin spice latte
The recipe we present here was carefully crafted to have the least amount of fat and sugar possible, while still having the taste and texture of a real treat.
However, if you don’t have any of the ingredients handy, you can easily substitute it for some of these choices:
Canned pumpkin is a quick and easy option for those who don’t have time to make pumpkin puree their own.
What to use to make pumpkin spice latte if you don’t have pumpkin purèe? – You can use some steamed, backed or microwaved cooked pumpkins and blend them with milk. This is in fact my favorite option as I find it the easiest.
You can choose your preferred type of milk for this recipe.
What’s the best milk to make pumpkin spice latte hot chocolate? – Heating the milk with the other ingredients on a pan make this homemade hot chocolate very creamy, so even low fat or skimmed milk get very satisfying results.
On the other hand, when making this drink cold, we prefer whole milk.
Other milk types that work for this recipe are almond milk, soy milk and oat milk.
Sweetener of choice
Feel free to use the sweetener of choice.
Maple syrup and date syrup also taste great.
You can also blend pitted dates (roughly 3-4 per cup) into your pumpkin mixture.
How to make sugar free pumpkin spice latte – We love erytriol and xylitol for this pumpkin spice cocoa milk because they taste just as sugar, just with less calories and teeth friendly.
Pumpkin pie spice
This cinnamon blend gives this drink almost a magical taste with hints from ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Plus, it contains plenty antioxidants too.
How can I replace pumpkin spice? – If you don’t have pumpkin spice mix at hand, you can use for 2 servings: half teaspoon cinnamon, a big pinch of ginger and a small pinch nutmeg and cloves.
But to get the perfect ratio everytime, try this super easy recipe for pumpkin spice.
Pure cocoa powder
We strongly recommend using pure cocoa for this recipe, since it gives the most intense chocolate aroma. And it’s even considered a super food!
Can I replace unsweetened cocoa powder for hot cocoa mix? – If you only have sugared cocoa mix, you can switch every teaspoon unsweetened cacao for roughly (depending on the brand you use) the double amount of hot cocoa mix. You may have to reduce the sugar by the same amount of sweet cacao you use.
For example, if you would use 1 teaspoon cacao per cup, you could switch it for 2 tsp. cacao mix. Then use 2 tsp. sweetener less as written in the recipe (1 tablespoon is the same as 3 teaspoons).
For an indulgent version of this pumpkin hot chocolate, melt half oz. (about 15 gr.) dark chocolate when heating the milk mixture.
Remember this only works as an upgrade when making this latte as hot chocolate so the mixture is warm enough to melt chocolate smoothly.
Optionally, serve with frothed milk and some ground cinnamon or pumpkin spice.
For a specially decadent treat, top with whipped cream instead of milk froth.
Other coffee-free pumpkin spice recipes
Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Milk
- Blender (if using real pumpkin)
- Small pan
- 1 Tbsp. Pumpkin purée (or backed pumpkin) roughly 25 gr.
- 1 Cup Milk of choice
- 1-2 Tbsp. Eritriol or sweetener of choice equivalent of 1-2 Tbsp. sugar
- 1 teaspoons unsweetened cacao powder
- 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 oz. dark or semisweet chocolate (optional) roughly 7-8 gr.
- Optional milk froth as topping swap for heavy whipping cream for a more indulgent version
- (Optional) If you are using baked or steamed pumpkin instead of purée, blend the peeled and cooked pumpkin with a cup of milk. Then add this mixture to the rest of the ingredients in the next step.
- Put milk, pumpkin purée, cacao powder, sweetener and pumpkin spice in a small saucepan. Optionally, add some chopped chocolate.Heat on medium heat while stirring carefully, specially if you add the optional chocolate, to prevent it sticking to the bottom.
- Take from heat when the chocolate has melted. Serve as is or topped with some milk froth or whipped cream.
This pumpkin spice chocolate milk drink will satisfy your craving for a sweet treat, while keeping it relatively low in sugar, so you can feel good about indulging! Try this recipe and discover how easy it is to make an amazing, decadent and healthy pumpkin spice hot chocolate.